Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

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Reflections for First Sergeant Joseph George Portaro

On behalf of the Adopt-A-Cop Prayer Ministry ( I wish to convey our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family and to the entire department of Colonel Jay Smithers. "The LORD is near to the broken-hearted and He rescues those crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18


Chaplain Clif Cummings
Adopt-A-Cop Prayer Ministries

March 14, 2016

Thank you Sgt Portaro for the training you gave to me and the entire WV law enforcement community. You will be greatly missed by all who attend our great academy. RIP 1st Sergeant.

Deputy Douglas Sayman
Marshall County Sheriffs Office WV

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace brother...

Lieutenant Howard Storey
Wyandotte Emergency Police (Michigan)

March 14, 2016

I'm so sorry for this loss. Thank you so much for protecting us civilians. I pray for your wife and children in this time of mourning. May you rest in peace and God bless

Civilian Krista Reavey
No agency

March 14, 2016

1SG, it was a pleasure knowing, working, and learning from you. Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Sgt. C.D. Legg

March 14, 2016

Rest in Peace Sergeant Portaro. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, co-workers, and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

March 14, 2016

RIP Sarge.

Police Officer (retired)

March 14, 2016



Ret. TFC Theresa Medcalf
Ga State Patrol

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Sgt. Portaro. You served the people of WV well during your tenure. Gone but you won't be forgotten Sir!

J. Gantner
Grandson, Son, Brother of NJ LEO's & NJSP

March 14, 2016

Rest in Peace Brother. Thank you for your service. Always blue.

Detective N.Y.P.D. (Ret.) Steven DeSalvo

March 14, 2016

I had the pleasure to go through the 141st Basic Class and have F/Sgt Portaro as an instructor. As hard as we had it there, he always felt open to talk and warm. We shared a laugh with Major Debord after i passed out in one of his classes. I will never forget that. Joe was a great instructor, troop and man. I will always have a great deal of respect for the man. Until we meet again First Sergeant.

Sergeant David Hudson
Dunbar Police Department

March 14, 2016



March 14, 2016

Rest in Peace sir.

Lt. Dwain Jones
Hutto Texas Police Department

March 14, 2016

Thank you, Sergeant Portaro, for your lifetime of service to your community and to the citizens of your state. Men like you are few and far between.

May God bless and comfort your family, friends and fellow law enforcement comrades.

Kristine Prince
Citizen Supporter

March 14, 2016

Thank you for teaching and dedication. You were among the best of our instructors. The lessons you taught us, we will carry with us forever. You will be truly missed. Rest easy 1st. Sgt. We'll take it from here.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Trooper David Gough
West Virginia State Police

March 14, 2016

Sgt. Portaro was one of my class instructors when i went through Basic Class 139. He was a genuinely great guy and an amazing instructor. His heart was as big as he was. We are truly diminished by this loss. Rest easy, brother. We'll take it from here.

Ptlm. C. P. Davis
Milton PD

March 14, 2016


Mother and ex wife to police officer De

March 14, 2016

Absolutely a cops cop..... Always cared about his officers and trainees like he would his family. He will be missed by everyone that has had the pleasure of meeting him.

Patrolman Brenton Lane
South Charleston PD, WV

March 14, 2016

R I P Brother

Herbie Buck Ret. Officer

March 14, 2016

First Sergeant Joseph Portaro Heaven has a new guardian. Deepest sympathies to his Loving Family, friends and his family in Blue.

The Farrell Family

Law enforcement family
Law enforcement family

March 14, 2016

First Sergeant Portaro,
May you rest in Heavenly Peace. May your family be forever watched over and blessed. May your friends and colleagues find comfort. Please watch over us from on high.
We will see you again dear Sir.
Thank you for your service. I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your family.
Greater Love Hath No Man....
Prayers for all involved.

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

March 14, 2016

Rest in peace Sgt. Portaro. I ask Our Heavenly Father to comfort and watch over your family, friends and the West Virginia State Police. Thank you for your service. God's speed brother.

Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department

March 14, 2016

R.I.P. my fellow brother.. May God bless your family

Corporal Patrick Thomas
Dearborn Heights Police Department

March 14, 2016

Sgt Portaro you will not be forgotten. You have served your fellow man and protected the citizens of West Virginia.
Rest in Peace.

Chief R. A. McCann
Armour College Police

March 14, 2016

Rest easy brother. Thank you for your service

Ranger Joel Ganti
Lake Metroparks

March 14, 2016

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